Three policemen, including a senior ASP of CID’s Rangpur unit, were arrested in Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district on Tuesday evening for their alleged involvement in an abduction incident.
The policemen went there to receive a ‘ransom’ of Tk 8 lakh from the family members of a woman and her son, who were allegedly abducted by them on the previous night.
The policemen of Chirirbandar Police Station with the help of local people caught the three along with the driver of the car. The three policemen were travelling by the car.
Subrato Kumar Sarkar, officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station, confirmed it to the Daily Sun on Wednesday afternoon and said that an abduction case was filed against the four.
He said they rescued the woman named Jahura Begum, wife of Lutfar Rahman of Nanderai village of the upazila, and their son Jahangir Alam.
The family members of the victims said a group of people, who introduced themselves as members of the CID, came to the house of Lutfar Rahman to arrest him around 10:00pm on Monday.
As he was not present in the house, they picked up Jahura and her son to a vehicle with the motorcycle of Jahangir, they said. Kamrul Haque, son-in-law of Jahura, said after the abduction, the senior ASP contacted him over phone and demanded Tk 15 lakh as ransom. “I told the caller that I could not pay the huge amount of money. Finally, he lowered the amount to Tk 8 lakh. I agreed with him, but informed Chirirbandar police of the matter,” he said.
As per the words of Kamrul, after waiting for about an hour there, they were asked to go to a petrol pump at Doshmail at Kaharole upazila. Like this, they were moved to some other places, he described.
“Finally, the kidnappers asked us to go to Basher Hat, adjacent to Hazi Danesh University, at Chirirbandar at about 6:30pm,” he said.
As soon as they reached there, the abductors began to flee as they sensed the presence of policemen among the relatives of the victims.
But the members of the police station and some local people caught the three members of the CID and the driver of the vehicle. Ataur Rahman, acting SP of CID Rangpur unit, said that the three policemen went on a 10-day leave from August 21. They went to Dinajpur by a private vehicle without his permission, he said, adding that he would not take liability for the misdeed they committed.
When contacted, Azad Rahman, additional superintendent of police (media) of CID headquarters, told the Daily Sun that they were looking into the matter. “If the policemen are found guilty, the departmental action will be taken against them,” he said.